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January 2021

Just by opening this email shows your commitment to the entrepreneurial community across #The757. Everyday hundreds of founders are working tirelessly to change the world for the better and they need our support to be successful. Thank you for being part of the entrepreneurial community! 

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What is StartWheel?

StartWheel is your online source of information that’s solely focused on the entrepreneurial activities that are taking place across Hampton Roads, Virginia, also known as #The757. 
  • Consolidates all of the news and information that you need to know to start and grow a business. StartWheel also shares the information our community wants and needs to hear in order to advance our region forward.  
  • Coordinates all of the entrepreneurial events that are taking place either online or in person. We’ve eliminated the need to check multiple calendars, we have everything listed in one place for your convenience. 
  • Celebrates all of the entrepreneurial successes that are taking place around the region. We amplify your success to a broader audience.  

Fervent Four Show

#39: 2020 Recap and 2021 Outlook!
Ever wondered what it's like to run a marathon? And what you might learn in the process? Hear what Tim and Zack learned about themselves, and how it all relates back to business.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.

Region Roundup

We did it! THANK YOU!!!

You voted us as the gold winners for the best Startup Program in Hampton Roads! We can't thank you enough for your continued support. Our mission is the entrepreneur and to be voted as number one is amazing. What a great way to start 2021!

PPP Portal opened to small lenders on January 15th

Here's everything you need to know about the second round of funding for small businesses. 

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Applications Open for Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program with 1701 and Virginia Beach

Accepted applicants earn two and a half months of completely free coworking office space*, mentorship from the owners of 1701 & other experts in their field, and an abundance of resources.

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New PPP Loans Based on Economic Aid Act of 2020

$35 billion has been set aside for these applicants, and the guidelines include...

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757 Startup Studios Applications Are Open

757 Startup Studios is an innovation hub in the Assembly building in downtown Norfolk for entrepreneurs looking to do more, faster. Entrepreneurs of 757 Startup Studios will receive 6 months of free rent tenancy with an option of another 6 months if established KPIs are met.

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757 Angels Announces Investor Education Series: Due Diligence

757 Angels is proud to announce that their Investor Education Series will be continuing in February with Raza Shaikh, Managing Director at Launchpad Venture Group. Raza will help 757 Angels prepare for and perform due diligence on a company.

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SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

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CIT Announces Inaugural Solicitation for the New Commonwealth Commercialization Fund

This competitive round will provide grants up to $100,000 to support companies’ commercialization and market entry goals through product or service development, market research, intellectual property protection, marketing, pilots, and more.

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Nominations Open for the York Country Small Business of the Year

The purpose of this award is to recognize a small York County Business, that has demonstrated outstanding business achievements in the past year. The award winner will be recognized at their place of business on January 29, 2021.

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TechArk Acquires Eyepinch, A Strategic Deal that Added 70 Regional Clients

TechArk Solutions is thrilled to announce that it has acquired Eyepinch, a Virginia Beach-based ad agency specializing in web design and development, programming, and online marketing services.

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Five Key Actions for your Business in 2021

While many aspects of business practices have changed and, in some instances rather dramatically, there are two constants on which you must rely; the need for information and the need to communicate.

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New Year: Fresh Start. Visit StartWheel's updated website 

We've rebuilt our website from the ground up so we can better support you! Check it out and give us your feedback. Here are some cool features: 

Add your events to our calendar 
List your business to our business directory 
Be a guest on the Fervent Four Show

Visit the site
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Event Spotlight

January 29th, 2021
9:30pm - 11:30am

SWaM Certification Process - Nuts and Bolts

SWaM (small business, women-owned business, minority-owned business) certification is one of the most powerful marketing tools for doing business with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Tell us your news!
StartWheel is your consolidated source for startup and early stage small business news!!!
We're looking for stories to share:
- Are you a new business?
- Are you are disrupting the status quo? 
- Did you just expand your business? 
- Share your press release with us so we can share it across the region! 

Email your Press Release here

Post COVID-19 Resources

We understand there is a TON of information flooding your inbox regarding COVID-19. In an effort minimize the information flow and standardize the information being shared, we have partnered with the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (HRSBDC). We recommend following websites for the most current information.

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application 
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information from SBA
Hampton Roads Chamber Recovery Resource Center
Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center Recovery Resources
IRS information for small business/self-employed/medium sized employers
Loan program overview
PPP Loan Forgiveness Overview
SBA webpage for the Paycheck Protection Program
Virginia Small Business Development Center Business Recovery Center
US Chamber Information
Virginia Small Business Development Center  

If you would like individual counseling or assistance for your business, please contact the HRSBDC at or call 757-664-2596 to schedule an appointment. 

Small Business Grant Opportunities

Many localities and organizations in Hampton Roads are offering grant opportunities for small businesses. All you have to do is apply! Click on a link to learn more details and eligibility requirements. An up to date list of grant opportunities is kept on the StartWheel website.

The Fervent Four Show

Did you know that only 4% of businesses ever exceed $1 million in annual revenue? The Fervent Four Show is designed to give you the tools and information you need to become part of the 4%.

Tune in to the Fervent Four Show every Thursday from 11:00am - 12:00pm on the StartWheel Facebook page. The Fervent Four Show is brought to you by StartWheel and the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center. 

The past few weeks, we've chatted with:

#38: Alesha Brown, CEO of Fruition Publishing and Concierge Services

#37: Sam Eure, Musician and Founder of Iota Creative Collective

#36: Ronnie Parker, Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Hampton Roads Chamber

#35: Tim Ritter, Founder of Family Fun Xperience

#34: Nick Shucet, Owner of Romans Tide

#33: Chris Shelton, Owner of Cure Coffeehouse 

#32: Anthony Vittone, COO of DroneUp

Want to be a guest on the Fervent Four show? Apply here

January Virtual Events

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January 19th, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

HRIC Tech Tuesday: Big Data and AI

Join experts from Marathon Consulting and Microsoft as they discuss current trends and available technologies to support proper deployment and utilization.


January 19th, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

Telework Strategy for the Future in Hampton Roads

How Telework!VA can help your business with a post-COVID telework strategy.  Plan your transition strategy with expert assistance for “FREE” through Telework!VA… and get Best Practice Tips!


January 21st, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #41with Kathy Reagan Young

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss business news, topics, and trends with Kathy Reagan Young.

[FB Live]

January 22nd, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

Lunchtime Live with Array Digital

Array Digital goes live each Friday at 12pm Eastern. Learn from experts sharing their advice, strategies, and lessons learned and answering YOUR questions about marketing, small business, and entrepreneurs.


January 27th, 2021
8:00 - 9:00am

Women Impact Virginia - Healthcare

Join our journey of discovery and storytelling as we learn and connect with successful women exploring the tools of leadership, communication, mentorship, empowerment and much more!


January 27th, 2021
10:00 - 11:30am

eVA Leads Generation

This hands-on session explores the public transparency tools available on the eVA website, including the Report & Resource Center and the new “power” search.


January 27th, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

Tech Talks - Small Satellites

Catalyzing Innovation to Grow Business that Matters.


January 28th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #42 with Chanice Rawlison

Who would ever think about opening a business, let alone in the food service industry in this climate? Chanice Rawlison is! Learn about about what she's doing! 
[FB Live]

January 28th, 2021
5:00 - 7:00pm

Virtual Business Connection After Hours - VA Peninsula Media

The Business Connection After Hours (BCAH) is a networking event for business professionals on the Peninsula.


January 29th, 2021
1:00 - 3:00pm

Cyber Security for your Home Office

Your computer is not as safe as you think! Take the time to learn the steps you can utilize to protect the “heart” of your business.

Hosting an event? 
You can send your events to be upload to our calendar for the region to see! 
Don't forget to include all the details: 
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How to attend or get tickets

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